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To Be or not to Be? A Critical Appraisal of the Welfare of Children Conceived through New Reproductive Technologies

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Over three million children are believed to have been born worldwide – and over 200,000 annually - as a result of “new reproductive technologies” (NRTs). This paper provides a critical review of the proposition that children are always best-served by being born. Drawing on the specific examples of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI); multiple births; pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and selecting the characteristics of children, and donor conception it argues that there are defensible welfare arguments for curtailing unrestricted access to NRTs. Increased and wider dialogue is proposed to encourage the implementation of practices and policies that take account of the interests of all those affected by NRTs and which command public support.

Affiliations: 1: School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield


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